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Jim Caldwell says Detroit is an unusually good coaching vacancy

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Jim Caldwell isn’t making any secret that he’d love to coach the Lions.

Caldwell, who interviewed in Detroit on Friday, said after the interview that he thinks the Lions’ vacancy is better than the typical coaching vacancy because there’s a strong nucleus of talented players who can build a good team, including quarterback Matthew Stafford, receiver Calvin Johnson and defensive linemen Ndamukong Suh, Nick Fairley and Ziggy Ansah.

This is an unusual situation because of the fact that you don’t typically walk into a place that has a talented quarterback, one of the best receivers in all the game and just a fine nucleus,” he said, via the team’s website. “Then a defense that has an extremely talented front four. I saw them up close and personal [When the Ravens beat the Lions in Week 15].”

Caldwell took the Colts to the Super Bowl in his first season as their coach, but Caldwell inherited a very good Colts team. The question for the Lions is whether Caldwell can take an underachieving team and turn it into a Super Bowl team.

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  1. jiggy3198 says: Jan 4, 2014 8:51 AM

    Please hire him.

    Signed a Ravens Fan

  2. The League's Crusade Against The Steelers Continues says: Jan 4, 2014 8:52 AM

    Please keep him in Baltimore!

  3. madtownthrowdown says: Jan 4, 2014 8:52 AM

    No Caldwell can not. Did you see that Ravens offense? It was horrible. Come on Detroit, you can do better then this. You deserve better then this.

  4. prosourcetalk says: Jan 4, 2014 9:00 AM

    How does this guy even have a job?!

  5. tvguy22 says: Jan 4, 2014 9:05 AM

    Mr. Rooney agrees with you.

  6. bigginger1 says: Jan 4, 2014 9:05 AM

    Any man who keeps Curtis Painter on his roster because he believes he is a good substitute for Peyton Manning is a terrible judge of NFL talent and has no business being a head coach in the NFL. Please god keep him in Baltimore.

  7. phlorioisaphag says: Jan 4, 2014 9:09 AM

    better “than” this…I guess a true product of a Detroit public school system.

  8. matt2calvin says: Jan 4, 2014 9:09 AM

    OMG!

    no.

    No.

    NO.

    NO!!!!!

    That would be a horrible decision. Please don’t screw up the only chance in 50 years of being a decent team. The Ford family is the single most incompetent leadership team ever assembled.

    What a shame…

  9. bmore44 says: Jan 4, 2014 9:11 AM

    He could control stafford screw ups. I think ravens off would of been better, if joe wasn’t one demential with with streaks and out routes. Joe made a lot of bad throws this year. Can’t put that on coach

  10. FinFan68 says: Jan 4, 2014 9:12 AM

    Caldwell is easily the most clueless HC that I have ever seen. If he is seriously considered for anything beyond checking the Rooney rule box, I would be shocked.

  11. paulg44 says: Jan 4, 2014 9:14 AM

    I’m not getting worked up over this. Caldwell s only the first candidate. Some of the best candidates cannot be interviewed (or even publicly express any interest in the job) because they are working for teams currently in the playoffs. Things will really heat up here in Detroit as those coaches’ teams lose and they then become available.

  12. 12brichandfamous says: Jan 4, 2014 9:14 AM

    He was given the keys to a Ferrari and then failed to change the oil on the motor. the motor seized up because he did not plan for the future and ran the car til it died.

    We do need to win now, but also develop talent for the future. Next candidate!

  13. jimburns22 says: Jan 4, 2014 9:14 AM

    Yeah, Ravens offense was horrible, it had everything to do with Jim Caldwell, and not Ray Rice being hurt and having a down year and the Ravens trading away Anquan Boldin. *Sarcasm

  14. tavisteelersfan says: Jan 4, 2014 9:17 AM

    He”s right, I’ve been waiting for them to break out for 3 years now.
    But.
    Its not for him. He is the opposite of what they need. those boys would eat him alive, there is no Peyton on that team. No Harbaugh either.
    Lion’s, open the check book, get Coughlin.

  15. craigkintexas says: Jan 4, 2014 9:18 AM

    Since Kluwe isn’t punting anymore, what about him taking the HC job?

  16. alshonbrandontandem says: Jan 4, 2014 9:22 AM

    As a Bears fan, please hire him Detroit….

  17. macarwolf says: Jan 4, 2014 9:22 AM

    Fact is Jim Caldwell has had success at high level. He also continues to acquire job and still found success with new team. Same with Tom Cable who if he didn’t punch someone would have had permanent Head Coach position. I like Tom Cable at this point. He has proven to be a good coach. Caldwell wouldn’t be bad at all. It just comes down to how do you feel about him. Excellent coach under Tony Dingy.

  18. thelionsrgreat says: Jan 4, 2014 9:24 AM

    Please do not hire this man.

  19. abninf says: Jan 4, 2014 9:24 AM

    Isn’t that the guy who killed the Colt’s chance at a perfect season? I still remember the times Peyton would shake his head on the field at a stupid decision Caldwell had made.

  20. PeterKingLovesCoqAVin says: Jan 4, 2014 9:25 AM

    Caldwell didn’t so much take the Colts to the Super Bowl as he got on the bus with them when it was time to go.

  21. bonecrushinghits says: Jan 4, 2014 9:29 AM

    Rooney Rule Rooney Rule Rooney Rule. This is getting ridiculous. Owners make such a traveshamockery of this rule.

  22. firerogergoodellnow says: Jan 4, 2014 9:30 AM

    Peyton Manning was practically running the Colts and when he was out, Caldwell looked like a deer in the headlights.

  23. lionsmark09 says: Jan 4, 2014 9:33 AM

    Pretty sure they are waiting for Whiz. This is possibly the fall back option.

  24. raiderlyfe510 says: Jan 4, 2014 9:35 AM

    This job has Ken Whisenhunt written all over it.

  25. dsimp724 says: Jan 4, 2014 9:36 AM

    Why are there 2 caterpillars resting on his lip??

  26. jvw1982 says: Jan 4, 2014 9:41 AM

    Caldwell would do a good job with this team, Hey Ravens fans don’t forget this is the guy that saved your sorry team last yr when you won the Super Bowl and made that average QB look like Tom Brady…..how ungrateful, you guys deserve what you get going forward…….

  27. lionfl says: Jan 4, 2014 9:44 AM

    Nah…not this guy!

    Baltimore needs to keep this guy

  28. starderup says: Jan 4, 2014 10:01 AM

    I don’t know if John Madden at the peak of his coaching career could turn Detroit around.
    Whenever I start getting depressed about the Falcons’ year, I remember that Detroit hasn’t won a playoff game in like 20 years. Somehow, I feel better by comparison.
    It will take another five to ten years for the Matt Millen effect to dissipate completely.

  29. wishingtonredslur says: Jan 4, 2014 10:01 AM

    At the very least the man is smart enough not to be in love with the position with the Redskins.

  30. morr24 says: Jan 4, 2014 10:03 AM

    I still think this job will go to Ken Whisenhunt. Furthermore, with a quality coaching staff this team could be scary and consistently good and I am not a Lions fan.

  31. gregoryw1965 says: Jan 4, 2014 10:05 AM

    15 positions open last year in the NFL , 6 positions open this year. combination of GM and coaches. what percent were minorities. when I last checked Whisenhunt was one of the 15 coaches fired last year..

    Whisenhunt winning % – .46

    Jim Caldwell winning % – .54

    you do the math,

  32. redandgoldhitman52 says: Jan 4, 2014 10:06 AM

    caldwell should have a super bowl ring with the colts as head coach. not his fault the special teams awareness was lost during the onside kick to start off the 2nd half. not his fault P. Manning threw a pick 6. i think caldwell would do good in detroit. he’ll definitly take them to the playoffs.

  33. hiiiznberg says: Jan 4, 2014 10:07 AM

    I’ll take the job. Expect me to take a handshakes and pat on the backs like a man after the game. #SFvsGB #QuestforSix

  34. packerbackernj says: Jan 4, 2014 10:11 AM

    Caldwell, much like Tomlin, road a team someone else built to a super bowl, and then rode that team straight into the ground. When Dungy retired, i asked myself why hire an offensive coach when you have Peyton? Didn’t make sense, the Colts offense was good enough, the defense needed some love. So the defense got worse and worse and in 2 years he was fired. Now he wants to go to Detroit, a place with a decent offense, and a bad defense…dejavu… What the Lions needed to do was back the Brinks truck up to Lovie Smith’s house. Schwartz was a defensive coach, and couldn’t fix the lions defense.

  35. FoozieGrooler says: Jan 4, 2014 10:14 AM

    ..except that it’s in Detroit…

  36. thefiesty1 says: Jan 4, 2014 10:17 AM

    It’s still just Detroit. What would Caldwell have done without Peyton Manning? Not much. The Lions have nobody of that quality and most likely won’t in the foreseeable future.

  37. macarwolf says: Jan 4, 2014 10:20 AM

    What has Ken Whisenhunt done that makes him better. He in my opinion is Schwartz made all over. He has proven to be at his primary position already. Get, Tom Cable or Jim Caldwell

  38. rayjayjohnsonjr says: Jan 4, 2014 10:23 AM

    He is what you might call a ‘silent’ leader….never saw the man move his lips while on the Colts sideline during a game.

  39. dexterismyhero says: Jan 4, 2014 10:28 AM

    I recognize that clueless stare picture!

  40. murray7034 says: Jan 4, 2014 10:33 AM

    Caldwell would be a good fit in Detroit and have them as one of the Top NFC teams next year. He’s the safe pick for the job.

  41. tramonisland says: Jan 4, 2014 10:35 AM

    There is not a coach or player that shows less emotion, including jay cutler. Please hire this man.

    Signed, a Packer Fan

  42. giantsfanlewis says: Jan 4, 2014 10:36 AM

    Lol hes wrong. Look at the coaching vacancys this year.

    Detroit= Calvin Johnson, Good dline, a terrible qb, an average tailback, no othrr wrs, no dbacks

    Browns- josh gordon, terrible qb, top ten pick, one of the top cbs in the game, one of the best secondarys in the game, a decent up front dline, one of the better olines, and an average tailback.

    Texans- average at best qb, andra Johnson, a defense one year removed from being a top defense, Adrian foster.

    I wouldnt say detroit was the best. But they fit the bill of a team that Caldwell could go to and ruin for a few years. He really is a terrible coach

  43. biglionsfan says: Jan 4, 2014 10:38 AM

    I think he would be good… ravens offense was good a year ago.. he lead colts to superbowl.. ravens offense sucks this year, but has alot of injuries… colts lost payton b4 it went down hill there?? Who would we pick up?? Please dont say sandiego oc… they never do anything.. they have good qb and offense and defense… stilll nothing year in and out….. give this dude a shot…. at least he has winning on his record….. im worried about df-oc cordinators…. we were not bad off there… we just needed another receiver and cb’s….. im worried….. hc are thin….

  44. descendency says: Jan 4, 2014 10:47 AM

    Josh McDaniels said the same thing about Denver…

  45. pfic15 says: Jan 4, 2014 10:56 AM

    Yeah right. Jim Caldwell doesn’t speak.

  46. reasonisthereason says: Jan 4, 2014 11:04 AM

    Some of you appear to be unfamiliar with the Rooney rule.

  47. bigredscouting says: Jan 4, 2014 11:09 AM

    Do it. C’mon Detroit. Do it. Hire Caldwell. And re-hire Millen as GM just to solidify the fact that you are historically worse than any other franchise.

    The Raiders have the 70s and 80s.

    The Browns have the Paul Brown years and the times Marty Shot took them to championship games.

    The Skins have the first Gibbs era.

    The Jaguars go to the playoffs early on at least.

    And the Lions…the Lions have…a football team.

  48. bigredscouting says: Jan 4, 2014 11:10 AM

    went* not go.

  49. nflfollower says: Jan 4, 2014 11:18 AM

    I can’t see this happening. I think more likely whisenhunt. There is no lights out perfect candidate this year however.

  50. lionstigersandwingsohmy says: Jan 4, 2014 11:23 AM

    The quality of the coaching opportunity in Detroit is the same as it is with any .500 team.

  51. ktrimbach42 says: Jan 4, 2014 11:29 AM

    Please, o please hire him! Then we can get Cam Cameron’s mentor Norv Turner to come run this offense the way it’s supposed to be run!

  52. madtownthrowdown says: Jan 4, 2014 11:40 AM

    It’s never a good hire when the wanna be coach is begging the team for the job. Coach needs to have the upper hand, or he is going to get a bad deal. Then again if Detroit hires this guy they will ultimately be getting the bad deal anyway.

  53. aldante66 says: Jan 4, 2014 11:45 AM

    If he is half as bad as I’m hearing on this board, the Lions have probably already done the deed.
    Please people. Name one great Lions coach, oh say in the last 50 years, I remember them all.

  54. s2mikey says: Jan 4, 2014 1:06 PM

    Hard to say how good hell do. Guy was handed a darned good colts team and they did OK. Jury is out but with detroits talent he’d better win something!

  55. s2mikey says: Jan 4, 2014 1:07 PM

    The jury is out this guy but I don’t see what’s special about him. Detroit needs a good coach to bring it all together. Not this retread.

  56. howiehandles says: Jan 4, 2014 1:14 PM

    If you give him credit for success while he had Payton Manning, you also have to discredit him for when Manning was out. A good coach could have won at least half their games w/o Manning.

    I render my verdict, not a good HC. *bangs the gavel*

    Fix Stafford, you fix the Lions. There isn’t a name mentioned that I like, although as a Bear’s fan, I like them all for Detroit.

    Go outside the box and find a successful college guy if anything. Someone with an track record with QBs.

  57. winstonjed44 says: Jan 4, 2014 1:15 PM

    Don’t think that Caldwell is the right guy for the Lions job, but as a Colts fan I think he gets a bit of a bad wrap. He did get to the SB in his first year in Indy and had another playoff appearance so he deserves a little credit. The way the roster was built, terrible backup QBs, mediocre defense that couldn’t stop the run and was built to play with a lead, the team was in no way prepared for Manning to go down. Happy with Pagano, but I know it wasn’t his fault that the Colts collapsed.

  58. uberMensch() says: Jan 4, 2014 1:24 PM

    He’s right. They have a talented nucleus on both sides of the ball, they just need the right leadership to point them in the right direction…

  59. ezg1 says: Jan 4, 2014 1:25 PM

    I find it amazing that Caldwell even made it into the NFL. Check out his college coaching record. He was at least 15 games under .500. Appears to be a case of right place / right time.

  60. swinbun says: Jan 4, 2014 1:25 PM

    I can’t imagine how happy fans in Chicago, Green Bay and Minnesota will be if Detroit makes this incredibly terrible hire. As a Colts fan, it was unbelievably painful to see him walking the sidelines as head coach. I am praying he stays in the AFC!!

  61. kabasaman says: Jan 4, 2014 1:40 PM

    I hope the Lions take their time and find the right guy. Its about time they put players like they have with a dynamic youthful staff.

  62. officialgame says: Jan 4, 2014 1:48 PM

    It’s Detroit dude.?

  63. danmarinos1stlovechild says: Jan 4, 2014 1:53 PM

    I’m not a Lions fan but I do want to them them do good, with that said please don’t hire Clueless Jim. The look on his face in the pic on this article says it all!

  64. coachjohnharbaugh says: Jan 4, 2014 1:55 PM

    this will be the third guy under me hired for head coach

    #pagano #rex #caldwell

    #GREATNESS #buddingdynasty #seeyounextyear

  65. onbucky96 says: Jan 4, 2014 2:04 PM

    And he can’t wait for Stafford to get hurt, ensuring Curtis Painter will have a job in 2014. Bring back Wayne Fontes…

  66. hiiiznberg says: Jan 4, 2014 2:19 PM

    Caldwell needs a guy by the name of Peyton Manning to keep a HC gig.

  67. bigredcorvette says: Jan 4, 2014 2:29 PM

    Detroit need’s to rename their team,it seems to have helped other franchises maybe it will help their’s also.New name new identity,maybe that would help?

  68. bigtrainrr says: Jan 4, 2014 2:33 PM

    Don’t think he’ll be hired in Detriot. Washington will be his only chance because any good coach will steer clear of the mess Snyder has created with RG III.

  69. bigredcorvette says: Jan 4, 2014 2:33 PM

    I forgot to put in there new owner’s.

  70. bcajun says: Jan 4, 2014 2:37 PM

    When was the last time anything in detroit was worth 2 cents??

  71. dbarnes67 says: Jan 4, 2014 3:59 PM

    Been sitting here waiting patiently for the call that hasn’t come. Probably have to call my agent.

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